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Andreas Dreitz and Mel Hauschildt take the Ironman 70.3 European Championship, Jan Raphael and Julia Viellehner are victorious at Challenge Regensburg and plenty more race results from this weekend.

| August 14, 2016 | NEWS

Melissa Hauschildt Ironman 70.3 European Championships | Women\'s winner Melissa Hauschildt proudly holds the finish line banner.

Women's winner Melissa Hauschildt proudly holds the finish line banner.

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Event: Ironman 70.3 European Championship

Dreitz and Hauschildt prove tough to beat in Wiesbaden

The men’s race started with a flurry as 26 men emerged from the water within less a minute of each other. That group contained many of the favorites with the exception of Lionel Sanders and and Boris Stein, who were looking at 2:22 and 2:41 deficits to the group in front of them.

Andreas Dreitz took the reins of the race firmly in his hands early into the bike and powered his way to the lead. The German came into transition with advantages of 3:19 on Stein and 4:56 to 6:20 on Thomas Stager, Patrick Lange and Sanders.

It was apparent from the start of the run that Sanders was running at a torrid pace as he quickly snared Lange and Steger and then placed Stein and Dreitz in sights. Dreitz was looking solid up front and had a lead of over three minutes on Stein and four minutes on Sanders with half the run remaining. Sanders continued inching towards Stein and would eventually run his way into second place late in the final leg. Dreitz would claim the Ironman 70.3 European Championship title by a 1:18 winning margin over Sanders and 1:37 on Stein.

Women's race

Jodie Swallow establish a clear lead at the end of the swim and headed into transition with the top five women spread out by over two minutes. Two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion, Mel Hauschildt, scrambled into T1 with a deficit nearing four minutes, but was now going to be in her element with the bike and run in front of her.

It wouldn’t take long for Hauschildt to exert her authority as she chewed her way through the field in the opening half of the bike. By 55 km the Aussie eliminated all of her swim deficit and had taken the lead. Heading into T2 Hauschildt had bumped her lead to 1:41 to 2:47 on Anja Beranek, Jodie Swallow and Camilla Pedersen.

What is scary is Hauschildt is considered to be the premier runner at the 70.3 distance when healthy. Starting the run with any kind of a buffer typically means the rest of the field will need to fight it out for second and third, which is exactly what happened in Wiesbaden. Hauschildt out-ran the entire field and claimed the Ironman 70.3 European Championship title by over five minutes over Swallow and over six minutes on Laura Philipp. 

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Dreitz, Andreas

DEU

3:59:05

2

Sanders, Lionel

CAN

4:00:23

3

Stein, Boris

DEU

4:00:42

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Hauschildt, Melissa

AUS

4:27:35

2

Swallow, Jodie

GBR

4:33:03

3

Philipp, Laura

DEU

4:34:05

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Event: Challenge Regensburg

Raphael and Viellehner take Regensburg

Sebastian Veith, Sebastian Bleisteiner and Jan Raphael were all out the water with only six seconds separating the the top three. Sebastian Neef would spot the lead trio up front 90 seconds heading into transition.

It was the “Jan Raphael Show” as he made quick work of creating a gap off the front of the on the three Sebastians’ (Neef, Fischer and Bleistenier) in the early stages of the bike. The three in pursuit of Raphael eventually merged but were merely just attempting to limit the damage Raphael was inflicting upon them throughout the 180 km’s.

Raphael would head into T2 carrying close to a 13-minute advantage on the chase group of Neef, Fischer and Bleistenier, who dismounted their bikes together. Raphael’s lead was never in danger as he claimed the win at the inaugural Challenge Regensburg in 8:27:27. Fischer crossed the finish line four minutes after the champion while Matic Modic ran his way into third after getting off the bike in tenth, over 22-minutes back.

Women's race

The women’s race was a much closer affair that saw the top four women off the bike with only four and half minutes between them. Kathrin Walther, the swim leader, led the women off the bike with Nicole Woysch, Erika Csomor and Silvia Felt trailing between 1:38 to 4:37.

On the run Julia Viellehner was flying and grabbed the lead just before the hallway point. The German had the day's fastest run seven-minute advantage on her closest competitor.

Women's Poduim

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Viellehner, Julia

DEU

9:37:32

2

Csomor, Erika

HUN

9:45:04

3

Felt, Silvia

DEU

9:48:17

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Men's Poduim

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Raphael, Jan

DEU

8:27:27

2

Fischer, Chris

DEN

8:31:30

3

Modic, Matic

DEU

8:39:52

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Event: Challenge Turku

Per Bittner and Jaroslav Kovacic jostled for the lead for much of the 90 km on the bike. It was Kovacic who prevailed and managed to have a slight lead of 43 seconds on Bittner, along with a lead of over three minutes on Timo Bracht and Henrik Goesch.

On the run, Bracht and Goesch flew by Bittner and were gaining on Kovacic up front. Bracht and Goesch came up short by over a minute, though, at the conclusion of the run as Kovacic crossed the finish line for the win.

Yvonne van Vlerken quickly built upon her 15-second lead out of the water once she mounted her bike. There was little doubt about the outcome in women’s race as the flying-blonde Dutchwomen led by almost nine-minutes heading into the T2. Van Vlerken sealed the win by a winning margin of 9:16 over Sara Loerth Munoz and well over 20 minutes on Palmira Alvarez.  

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Kovacic, Jaroslav

SLO

3:48:03

2

Bracht, Timo

DEU

3:49:07

3

Goesch, Henrik

FIN

3:49:41

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Van Vlerken, Yvonne

NED

4:14:07

2

Loerth Munoz, Sara

ESP

4:23:22

3

Alvarez, Palmira

MEX

4:37:31

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Event: Ironman 70.3 Dublin

The luck of the Irish for Collins and Cheetham

Ben Collins was untouchable in Ireland on Sunday. He exited the water with the leaders then biked away from the field. Riding into transition the American had a 11:45 lead and would merely have to pace himself to assure the win. Harry Wiltshire made it interesting throughout the 21 km run as he managed to close in on the leader, but could only reduce his deficit to 3:24 at the end.

On the women’s side, Great Britain’s Susie Cheetham put in a solid performance in all three disciplines to record the win over Natalie Seymour and Anna Halasz.

Susie Cheetham Ironman 70.3 Dublin | Susie Cheetham running in for the win at Ironman 70.3 Dublin.

Susie Cheetham running in for the win at Ironman 70.3 Dublin.

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Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Collins, Ben

USA

4:00:41

2

Wiltshire, Harry

GBR

4:04:05

3

Reitmayr, Paul

AUT

4:06:41

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Cheetham, Susie

GBR

4:22:33

2

Seymour, Natalie

GBR

4:26:48

3

Halasz, Anna

HUN

4:35:22

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Event: Ironman 70.3 Chungju

Brad Williams from the USA was first out of the water with Nick Baldwin on his heels. Once the small field hit the bike Williams out-biked the competition by eight and half minutes. On the run it was a matter of survival in the sweltering heat. A race-best run split of 1:31:40 put in by Williams would indicate how the the oppressive temperature impacted the race, but was enough to ensure the well-earned win over Baldwin.

The women’s field of two resulted in a one-sided win for Aussie Sarah Crowley over Korea’s Jiho Hwang. Crowley produced the fastest run on the day (female or male pro) on her way to her win.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Williams, Brad

USA

4:12:54

2

Baldwin, Nick

SYC

4:22:27

3

Deak, Zsombor

ROU

4:37:01

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Crowley, Sarah

AUS

4:33:33

2

Hwang, Jiho

KOR

5:22:52

3

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Event: XTERRA Sweden

Mendez  in a close one – Erbenová with ease

In Xterra action Sam Osborne came off the bike with over a minute leads Maurico Mendez and Yearay Luxem, both strong runners. Mendez thrives on twisty and tight run courses and capitalized on this feature during the run. The Mexican out-ran his fellow competitors by more than minute to capture the win in Sweden.

In the women’s race, the Czech Republic's Helena Erbenova was first out of the water and never looked back for the remainder of the day. She out split the field on the bike and run by a combined 15 minutes to capture the win.

Mauricio Mendez | Mauricio Mendez: The Future! The 20-year-old from Mexico City wins his second major in three weeks at XTERRA Sweden today.

Mauricio Mendez: The Future! The 20-year-old from Mexico City wins his second major in three weeks at XTERRA Sweden today.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Mauricio Mendez

MEX

2:19:26

2

Yeray Luxem

BEL

2:20:16

3

Sam Osborne

NZL

2:21:21

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Helena Erbenová

CZE

2:41:54

2

Marie Nilsson

SWE

2:56:44

3

Cecilia Jessen

SWE

2:59:37

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Event: Challenge Iskandar Puteri

The finish times are unavailable at this time. We will update the Two-minute ticker times as details of the race become available.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Brad Kahlefeld

AUS

Unavailable

2

Mike Phillips

NZL

Unavailable

3

Dylan McNeice

NZL

Unavailable

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Amelia Rose Watkinson

NZL

Unavailable

2

Radka Vodickova

CZE

Unavailable

3

Kathryn Haesner

NZL

Unavailable

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